EuPIA Guideline on Printing Inks Applied to the Non-Food Contact Surface of Food Packaging Materials and Articles
In the absence of specific EU legislation for food packaging inks, EuPIA developed a Guideline setting out a mechanism for the selection of raw materials for printing inks intended to be applied on the non-food contact surface of food packaging. It is considered that this Guideline satisfies the current requirements of the food packaging chain.
The guideline is currently undergoing review.
Inventory List comprising Packaging Ink Raw Materials Applied to the Non-Food Contact Surface of Food Packaging
In 2007, EuPIA decided to collate and make publicly available a list of all the substances used in the manufacture of food packaging inks, with the aim of implementing a transparent tool for packaging converters and brand owners. From 2007 to 2013 the list served with useful function, intending to be a reference for competent authorities and other stakeholders. Since 2010, the amendment on food packaging inks of the Swiss Consumer Goods Ordinance is in force which contains a positive list of substances which only may be used in the manufacture of food packaging inks marketed in Switzerland. Germany follows suit and is discussing a similar approach. The consequence of having such listing in national legislation means the EuPIA Inventory List had become superseded by the evolution of legislation and was no longer relevant as an independent, updated document. As a result, it was decided at the end of 2013 that the EuPIA Inventory List should be closed as a document, but would be maintained for the purposes of historical reference only.
This list identifies photoinitiators and photosynergists considered suitable for use in UV printing inks and varnishes for the non-contact surface of food contact materials. Determination of suitability is based on toxicological profile and migration potential and reflects EuPIA guidelines and policies.